Tavis J. Hampton

Tavis J. Hampton is a freelance writer from Indianapolis. He is an avid user of free and open source software and strongly believes that software and knowledge should be free and accessible to all people. He enjoys reading, writing, teaching, spending time with his family, and playing with gadgets.

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How to Install KDE in Windows

How to Install KDE in Windows

For over a decade, KDE has supplied Linux and Unix users with a graphical desktop environment and a suite of useful applications. It has become one of the most popular desktop environments and is the default on many Linux distributions. With the coming of KDE 4, developers promised native KDE applications running on Windows. While the current […]

Tablet Note-taking Made Easy with Xournal

Tablet Note-taking Made Easy with Xournal

Every tablet needs a good writing application –something to take notes, make annotations, and maybe even scribble a quick sketch. Xournal is a GTK-based program that does just that.  It works with Linux-compatible desktop graphics tablets, tablet PCs, and maemo-based handheld devices (such as the soon-to-be released Nokia N900). Xournal is available in many distribution […]

Using Kate As a Web Editor

Using Kate As a Web Editor

There are many applications out there that provide project-based web development tools and very feature-rich interfaces, but sometimes all you really need is a good text editor. For those times, there are few editors that can stand up to the KDE powerhouse called Kate. Kate is a multi-document interface (MDI) text editor, available for both KDE […]

5 System Administration Tools for KDE

5 System Administration Tools for KDE

Keeping any computer system running can be some work. It would be nice if we never had to do any type of maintenance or troubleshooting, but no operating system has reached that point. Many desktop Linux users have server administration experience and are quite comfortable dropping to the command line and tinkering with their system. […]

Lancelot: An Alternative KDE Menu

Lancelot: An Alternative KDE Menu

Many KDE 3 users swear by the K menu and would dare anyone to challenge it with something better. Fortunately for those people, KDE 4 retained that menu version as an option. For the rest of us, there are a couple of more robust menus that offer a variety of features. Lancelot is a third-party […]

Preview of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Preview of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

The release of the newest version of Ubuntu is only 10 days away. Many sites, including MakeTechEasier have covered its pending arrival and given you a glimpse of the Beta version. Today we are going to take a look at Kubuntu, the KDE-based version of Ubuntu.

The Many Ways to Copy, Move, Rename, and Archive in KDE 4

The Many Ways to Copy, Move, Rename, and Archive in KDE 4

In my last post, I covered some of the features in Dolphin that I find particularly useful. In this post, you will learn about some very basic features that everyone uses, but you may not know all of the various easy methods of accomplishing them. In KDE, there are several ways to copy, move, rename, […]

Master Dolphin in KDE 4

Master Dolphin in KDE 4

Dolphin is KDE 4’s default file manager, and is a departure from KDE 3, which relied on Konqueror for file management. Unlike Konqueror, which functions as a web browser and many other things, Dolphin is specifically used for file management. If you prefer to use Konqueror or any other file manager, you can change the […]

How to Configure Custom Shortcuts in KDE

How to Configure Custom Shortcuts in KDE

Perhaps Mac users know this better than anyone else.  Shortcut keys do exactly what they say, give you shortcuts, saving you time. On my previous computer, my “C” key had worn off the keyboard because I spent so much time copying with “Ctrl-C” rather than going to the menu each time to select “copy”. Whether you […]

How to Use Digikam to Export Photos to Flickr, PicasaWeb, and Facebook

How to Use Digikam to Export Photos to Flickr, PicasaWeb, and Facebook

Digikam is a free and open source photo management software package for KDE. Many KDE-based Linux distributions either come with Digikam installed or have it available in their repositories. With Digikam, you can import photos from your digital camera or flash memory, organize and tag them, rate them, edit them, and export them to various services […]

How to Slice Images with Xara Xtreme

How to Slice Images with Xara Xtreme

Xaralx, now known as Xara Xtreme for Linux, is a free and open source image editing program for Linux. It is based on the commercial Xara imaging editing software for Windows, and is primarily used for vector image creation and editing. Over the next few weeks, I will provide some handy tips that you can use in […]

How to Use ‘remote:/’ KIO and KNetAttach

How to Use ‘remote:/’ KIO and KNetAttach

In my post two weeks ago, I introduced you to KDE’s KIO slaves and gave you a brief overview of the services they offer. One of the KIO protocols is “remote:/”, which relies on KNetAttach to create virtual network folders.  With it, you can create folders for the following services: WebFolder (webdav) FTP Microsoft Windows network […]

How to Configure File Associations in KDE

How to Configure File Associations in KDE

Many Linux users, even the newest ones, love Linux because it is highly customizable. KDE in particular is one desktop environment that is very easy and fun to customize. Whether you want three panels and a rotating slideshow of wallpaper photos from your vacation in Peru, or simply want to make sure text files always open in […]

A Quick and Easy Guide to KDE KIO slaves

A Quick and Easy Guide to KDE KIO slaves

One of the many ways KDE makes our lives easier is by providing graphical interfaces for many of the  tasks that computer users want to perform. Web browsers typically accept certain protocols that connect them to resources, such as http, https, and ftp. In KDE, these are called KIO slaves, and nearly all KDE applications can […]

How to Run 32-bit Apps in 64-bit Linux

How to Run 32-bit Apps in 64-bit Linux

Most Linux distributions have 64-bit versions for x86_64 processors, such as the AMD Athlon II or the Intel Xeon. Since these distributions maintain their own package repositories, they usually provide binary packages for all of their supported applications. If you are completely content with your out-of-box Linux installation, you may never need to run a 32-bit […]

How to Set Special Window Settings with KWin

How to Set Special Window Settings with KWin

KWin is a free and open source window manager and is the default in KDE. It is a powerful, highly customizable window manager with a plethora of both aesthetic and nuts and bolts features. With the release of KDE 4, the developers added 3D desktop effects, but they also carried over many customization features from KDE […]